USCIS Form G-1256 "Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview"

What Is Form G-1256?

USCIS Form G-1256, Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview, is an official form used by qualified persons not speaking English and requiring an interpreter's assistance during a USCIS interview. An interviewing officer at the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) interview is to confirm and document the presence of an interpreter, noting that everyone engaged in the meeting has agreed to the rules stated in the form. A Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview is issued by the Department of Homeland Security, with the most recent update on August 2015.

A Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview also reserves the right for an interviewing officer to reject the interpreter's presence at the interview at their discretion. In this case, you may request another interpreter and reschedule an interview or voluntarily proceed without an interpreter's assistance.

Please refer to the official USCIS Instructions for Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview, also issued by the Department of Homeland Security and available on the USCIS web page.

It is very important not to sign Form G-1256 until the interview. All signatures have to be signed at the beginning of an interview in the presence of an interviewing officer.

A fillable Form G-1256 is available for download below.

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Form G-1256 Instructions

At the beginning of the USCIS interview, the interviewing officer will use Form G-1256 to record the presence of an interpreter chosen for assistance. Inquire if you are satisfied with the interpreter's ability to understand and translate English into your language and from your language into English.

You will be instructed that your interpreter may learn some personal and confidential information about you from the interview. An interviewing officer will have to ensure and note on the G-1256 Form that an interpreter is fully qualified to serve both sides professionally and can translate all necessary information from English to the interviewee's language and from that language to English for the USCIS Officer.

Before filling out the form, make sure to request a copy of your interpreter's ID to attach to the form. You will need to enter:

  • Your full name;
  • The name of the language you speak;
  • Alien registration number starting with A-.

Provide the interpreter's personal information, including their:

  • Full name;
  • Address;
  • Phone number;
  • The list of languages spoken.

Check the appropriate box if a copy of the ID is provided to attach to the form.

There are three main sections in the declaration to be signed by all parties present at the interview:

  • For an interviewee to understand his rights and to declare affirmative the knowledgeability and acceptance of an interpreter
  • To authorize interpreter's presence at the interview understanding that some sensitive information may be used;
  • For the interpreter to agree to the terms of an interview and not to disclose any personal and confidential information mentioned during an interview.

The main part is to be filled out by an interviewing USCIS Officer.

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Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview
USCIS
Department of Homeland Security
Form G-1256
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Internal Use
Interviewee's Name
A-
Interviewee's Alien Registration Number
Interviewee's Native Language(s)
Interpreter's Name
Interpreter's Address
Interpreter's Telephone Number
Copy of Interpreter's Identity Document Attached
Yes
No
Languages Used by Interpreter
Interviewee's Declaration
A.
I authorize the interpreter named above to act on my behalf as my interpreter during my interview with U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS).
B.
I fully understand that this interpreter's participation in the interview may result in him/her learning of my personal information
related to my benefit request, and I consent to this disclosure.
C.
I have communicated with this interpreter, and I am satisfied that the interpreter has the ability to speak and understand a
language that I speak.
D.
I understand that my interpreter must be fluent in English and a language I understand, competent to interpret in accordance with
USCIS guidance, and impartial and unbiased throughout the interview.
E.
I understand that USCIS, at its discretion, may determine at any point before or during my interview that this interpreter may no
longer serve as an interpreter for the entire interview or portions of the interview.
F.
My interpreter is at least 18 years of age and is not a witness in my case. If my interpreter is 14 through 17 years of age or is a
witness in my case, I understand I must show good cause for an exception to USCIS policy in order for my interpreter to serve.
G.
I understand that my attorney or accredited representative cannot serve simultaneously as my interpreter during the interview.
H.
The interpreter has interpreted this entire form to me and I fully understand the contents of this document.
Interviewee's Signature
Interpreter's Declaration
A.
I am appearing today at the request of the individual whose name and Alien-number appear above (“the interviewee”).
B.
I speak and understand both English and the non-English language indicated above fluently, and know from speaking with the
individual that we understand each other.
C.
I agree to interpret accurately, literally and fully the questions asked by the officer and the answers given by the interviewee
during the interview.
D.
I understand that I must be fluent in both English and a language that the interviewee named above understands, competent to
interpret in accordance with the guidance provided by the USCIS officer, and impartial and unbiased throughout the interview.
E.
I agree not to disclose any personal information about the interviewee or any other information that I may learn in the interview.
F.
I understand that USCIS may choose to collect, retain, and verify the identity information I have provided.
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Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview
USCIS
Department of Homeland Security
Form G-1256
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Internal Use
Interviewee's Name
A-
Interviewee's Alien Registration Number
Interviewee's Native Language(s)
Interpreter's Name
Interpreter's Address
Interpreter's Telephone Number
Copy of Interpreter's Identity Document Attached
Yes
No
Languages Used by Interpreter
Interviewee's Declaration
A.
I authorize the interpreter named above to act on my behalf as my interpreter during my interview with U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS).
B.
I fully understand that this interpreter's participation in the interview may result in him/her learning of my personal information
related to my benefit request, and I consent to this disclosure.
C.
I have communicated with this interpreter, and I am satisfied that the interpreter has the ability to speak and understand a
language that I speak.
D.
I understand that my interpreter must be fluent in English and a language I understand, competent to interpret in accordance with
USCIS guidance, and impartial and unbiased throughout the interview.
E.
I understand that USCIS, at its discretion, may determine at any point before or during my interview that this interpreter may no
longer serve as an interpreter for the entire interview or portions of the interview.
F.
My interpreter is at least 18 years of age and is not a witness in my case. If my interpreter is 14 through 17 years of age or is a
witness in my case, I understand I must show good cause for an exception to USCIS policy in order for my interpreter to serve.
G.
I understand that my attorney or accredited representative cannot serve simultaneously as my interpreter during the interview.
H.
The interpreter has interpreted this entire form to me and I fully understand the contents of this document.
Interviewee's Signature
Interpreter's Declaration
A.
I am appearing today at the request of the individual whose name and Alien-number appear above (“the interviewee”).
B.
I speak and understand both English and the non-English language indicated above fluently, and know from speaking with the
individual that we understand each other.
C.
I agree to interpret accurately, literally and fully the questions asked by the officer and the answers given by the interviewee
during the interview.
D.
I understand that I must be fluent in both English and a language that the interviewee named above understands, competent to
interpret in accordance with the guidance provided by the USCIS officer, and impartial and unbiased throughout the interview.
E.
I agree not to disclose any personal information about the interviewee or any other information that I may learn in the interview.
F.
I understand that USCIS may choose to collect, retain, and verify the identity information I have provided.
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G.
I understand that USCIS, in its discretion, may determine before or at any point during the interview that I may no longer serve as
an interpreter for the entire interview or for certain portions of the interview.
H.
I certify that I am qualified to act as an interpreter and that I have interpreted the contents of this form to the interviewee. He or
she has stated that he or she understood me.
Interpreter's Signature
Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
USCIS Officer's Declaration
The applicant/interviewee and the interpreter both signed this document in my presence on
. Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
USCIS Officer's Signature
USCIS Officer's Typed or Printed Name
Field Office Location
Interpreter's Disqualification
The interpreter was disqualified for the following reasons:
I,
, the applicant/interviewee, understand that my interpreter has been
disqualified by USCIS. I understand that I may request that my interview be rescheduled for the purposes of finding a qualified
interpreter.
I request that USCIS reschedule my interview so that I may retain the services of a qualified interpreter.
Yes
No
USCIS Officer's Signature
USCIS Officer's Typed or Printed Name
Supervisory USCIS Officer's Signature
Supervisory USCIS Officer's Typed or Printed Name
Withdrawal of Interpreter
The applicant/interviewee has opted to continue the interview without the assistance of his/her chosen interpreter.
USCIS Officer's Signature
USCIS Officer's Typed or Printed Name
Interviewee's Signature
Interviewee's Typed or Printed Name
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